Thursday, January 12, 2017

Democratic Senator Touts Debunked WaPo Power Grid Story

Democratic Senator Touts Debunked WaPo Power Grid Story | The Daily Caller:
"New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan appeared to be unaware during a Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday that a Washington Post story about Russian hacking into the Vermont power grid has been completely debunked and retracted.
“Two weeks ago The Washington Post reported that a hacking group connected with the Russian government managed to infiltrate the Burlington Electric power company in Vermont,” Hassan said to retired Marine Gen. John Kelley during his confirmation hearing to head the Department of Homeland Security.
Hassan, who took office this month after serving as governor of New Hampshire, showed no indication during the questioning that she was aware that The Post’s story has been found to be “fake news.”
She continued her statement based on the premise that the Russian government had targeted and infiltrated Vermont’s power grid.
In its article, entitled “Russian hackers penetrated U.S. electricity grid through a utility in Vermont, officials say,” The Post reported that Russian hackers had found their way into Burlington Electric’s computer systems and its power system controls.
But the power company issued a statement saying that it had not been compromised.
...The newspaper published a follow-up article several days later noting that its initial report was nearly completely inaccurate and that Russian agents neither infiltrated the Vermont system nor attempted to do so.
Hassan seemed clueless about any of those developments in the story..."

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